The Art of Craft Cocktails at Cru

Cru in downtown Davenport, Iowa, with its “casual social club” atmosphere, presented an understated and sophisticated ambiance. Our visitors from Chicago and Cincinnati found it to be a fascinating experience.

The interior of Cru was casual but elegant with high ceilings covered in vintage tin ceiling tiles. The walls were bar to ceiling height shelves full of various wine, craft beer and liquor. There were intimate tables and a long brushed stainless steel bar.

Bar At Cru
Bar At Cru
Wines At Cru
Wines At Cru

The theatre of the drink making was half the fun. After watching other drinks being made we decided to try the Bees Knees, the Manfashion, and the Mojito. The mixologist made delicious drinks in an artful manner as we watched at the bar. No pre-made mixes were used. Using only hand-squeezed juices and other fresh ingredients every drink was hand-crafted to our specifications. The Manfashion included a smokey addition that was worth a standing ovation.

Bees Knees
Bees Knees
Manfashions
Manfashions
Mojito
Mojito

RAW, another downtown business, partnered with Cru to add appetizers to the mix.

It’s all in the name. Cru is “a french wine term given to products of certified excellence.” We agreed that the Cru experience was both excellent and interesting.

Cru

221 Brady Street

Davenport, Iowa

(563) 888-1197
Hours: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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